Seattle's Best Restaurants Include Gluten-Free Eateries Glowing With Goodness

"Gluten-free" appears to be the hottest new buzz word to dominate the culinary scene. While many suffer from celiac disease, many others have health concerns that seem to improve with the elimination of gluten from their diet. A gluten-free diet excludes the protein gluten, found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). 

Following a gluten-free diet can be a foreign and frustrating process, especially for those new to the scene, and diners must use patience and creativity when it comes to finding substitutes for foods they once enjoyed. Eating out in some instances can become a bit of a headache, but, thankfully, the Seattle restaurant scene is doing what it can to ease the pain. The city is not only home to several venues that serve strictly gluten-free goods (think Flying Apron Bakery, a popular, always-bustling spot in Fremont), but many "mainstream" restaurants are now conscious of including GF options (or substitutions) on their standard menus, too We've come up with a list of restaurants, cafes and welcoming venues so delicious, you won't even notice any ingredients are missing. Happy gluten-free eating!

Urbane in the Hyatt at Olive 8
Photo courtesy of Urbane Restaurant & Bar


In a sleek downtown space, Urbane Restaurant & Bar celebrates the beauty of the earth�its open spaces featuring a palette of natural materials that exude elegant simplicity. The eatery offers holistic healthy-eating options (with many...  Read More

Café Flora


Known as Seattle's top vegetarian spot, this restaurant's menu is innovative and flavorful enough to win over even the most ardent carnivores. Have brunch in the sunny atrium and enjoy the soothing sounds of the indoor waterfall. Dishes such as...  Read More



First opened in December of 2008, Thrive set out on a rather defiant mission to tear down the myth that healthy vegetarian cuisine is lacking in flavor. Thrive accomplishes this goal by creating fantastic entrees with a little bit of a southwest...  Read More



This is a prime spot for enjoying delicious food and a buzzing scene in Ballard. The venue prides itself on serving "top quality sushi, an innovative Izakaya menu, premium sakes and creative cocktails." This venue serves starters like miso soup,...  Read More

Ba Bar
Photo courtesy of Corinne Whiting


Sophie and Eric Banh grew up eating street food in Saigon, and thanks to these siblings' vision and talent, Seattle diners now get to experience their sophisticated, creative takes on authentic Vietnamese fare at Bar Bar. Located in a stylish,...  Read More



Hip and stylish, Andaluca is a study in rich tones and sculptural shapes. The menu features local produce prepared with a Mediterranean twist. Among the small plates and shareables, you can choose from lamb dolmas, green gazpacho with crab or...  Read More



A casual tearoom located in Seattle's historic Ballard district, Miro Tea provides an excellent foray into the world of authentic eastern tea for anyone who's looking for a nice hot brew. In addition to their tea, Miro also offers several savory...  Read More



Adventurous diners need look no further than Chutney's, the local authority on spicy Indian cuisine. The popular restaurant is one of the best in the area and offers a range of dishes inspired by regions throughout the sub-continent. The...  Read More



These vibrant cafes in the U District and also West Seattle are set in a warm Southwestern decor; their mission is "to provide delicious organic sustenance for a wide variety of needs and individual tastes." The venue is proudly certified...  Read More

Flying Apron
Photo courtesy of Flying Apron Bakery


Flying Apron bakery celebrates good health by using gluten-free, vegan ingredients; whole grain wheat-free flours and non-hydrogenated oils. Diners can use alternative methods to sweeten items with such ingredients as agave, maple syrup and...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne